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Image: Decided to survive? Make sure to avoid these common prepping mistakes and pitfalls – Part II


Deciding to become a prepper is not an easy decision. There is much involved, and not everyone gives ample consideration to the potential pitfalls and problems you can encounter once you’ve made the decision to become better prepared to face – whatever. A lot of times people just jump in with both feet thinking they know what they’re doing, only to discover some months later that all of their time and effort really hasn’t contributed much to their overall preparedness.

In Part I, we discussed a number of steps beginning and even seasoned preppers should take in order to avoid wasting time and money on a process that really is so important it could actually save your life in an emergency. We talked about not allowing the over-exaggerated 24-hour news cycle to force you into making bad prepping purchases and decisions; guarding against “fake news” that over-excites but does little to actually inform; looking out for scams; overspending on items you don’t really need and prepping for real-life scenarios that you could actually encounter. (RELATED: In plain sight: How to stay hidden during a crisis)

In Part II, we’ll examine additional things to watch for as you evolve in preparations to survive any number of circumstances, including natural- and manmade disasters, economic collapse and political turmoil (H/T Survival Prepper):

  1. Buying the right kinds of foods: There are several considerations to make when choosing the right foods to stockpile. You could buy cases upon cases of canned foods, and a good reference for which canned foods are best is here. But just buying canned foods really limits you in the long run, because even though they will last for a while, they won’t last as long as food specially made to store long-term – as in 12-15 years (and some even longer, if it’s properly stored in a cool, dry location). You don’t want to buy a big stash of food only to find out when you need it that it’s spoiled. Besides obtaining a much larger variety, long-term storable foods come in packaging that is generally more compact, meaning you can store more food in less space. And there are choices too, including organic foods that have been lab-verified to be non-GMO. Remember, you eat to sustain yourself; the better your long-term storable food, the healthier you’ll be.
  1. Not all advice is good: When it comes to prepping, you will find that there are many opinions about some of the same things – building shelters, growing and storing food, firearms, bugging out (or in), etc. So many voices can be distracting and confusing, but that said, having a lot of opinions to choose from is much better than having only a few or none at all. If you read enough and ask enough questions in the right forums online, for instance, you can begin to develop a consensus answer for the problem you’re attempting to solve. What’s the best survival food to grow at home? What materials are needed to build the best, quickest emergency shelter? What type of knife works well in which situation? “No one is more invested in your future than you,” notes Survival Prepper. “Make sure you are making decisions that you are comfortable with.”
  1. You can’t feed the neighborhood: Or clothe it. Or defend it. Or provide it with enough water to sustain itself. And yet, you may not have much choice. In an SHTF scenario, most people are going to panic. They will not have prepared at all, meaning they have nothing stored in their homes beyond what they have in their cupboards when the emergency hits. They won’t be able to find much at the local grocery stores which will either be picked clean quickly or taken over by local government (or armed gangs). They will become very, very desperate – people who you used to visit with but who will turn into people you don’t recognize (because fear, thirst and hunger change people). If they know you’ve prepared – stocked up on food, water, gear and provisions, they will come for it at some point. At first they may ask, but then, as hunger and desperation set it, they’ll demand it. Many will be willing to fight you for it. But if they don’t know you’ve got a supply of food, water and provisions, you are far less likely to have to deal with this threat. So keep your preparations to yourself; don’t advertise on social media or brag to friends and neighbors. (RELATED: Master These 7 Basic Skills Before SHTF… Or You’ll Wind Up Begging The Government For Basic Supplies)
  1. ‘Gotta have it?’: There are so many of these scams on the Internet you really have to be careful. The coolest whiz-bang gadget is worthless to you if you don’t know how to use it or it just isn’t suitable for your situation. By all means, if there is gear on the market you believe will help you and yours, get it; just make sure you can use it and it has a specific purpose related to your unique survival needs.
  1. Back to the basics: Sometimes, bigger isn’t better. If you’ve got a rudimentary knowledge of firearms, you don’t need to spend $1,000 on a high-powered rifle used for sniping. If you’re bugging out there is no sense in purchasing a mega-kilowatt gasoline generator because you can’t take it with you. You don’t need IVs and sutures if all you can do is basic wound care and bandaging. Study your personal situation; determine what needs you will have; prep for your situation and your needs. Keep it as simple as possible and you’ll dramatically increase your chances of making it through the next emergency.

Click here for Part I.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.






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Image: Ready to survive? Make sure to avoid these common prepping mistakes and pitfalls – Part I

Making the decision to become a prepper is not an easy one and, frankly, should not be made in haste. While most people have a natural instinct and will to survive – whether it be a natural disaster, global war or a societal collapse – not everyone is motivated to make the preparations necessary to survive.

It’s easy to see why. Millions live in denial that such events could take place in their lifetimes. Prepping requires a sizeable investment of time and money. Preppers must often alter their lifestyles in order to begin living more simply. Prepping tools must be mastered, medical skills honed, and making the decision to protect yourself and your family with a weapon must be carefully considered and accepted.

But once a person does decide to take on the responsibility, there are a number of common mistakes and pitfalls that await. Everything from paying too much for supplies to purchasing the wrong gear to falling for prepping gimmicks can throw you off your prepping schedule and set you back weeks, months or even years. (RELATED: World’s Ultra-Rich Buying Bug-Out Retreats In Anticipation Of Mass Social Uprising)

With that in mind, let’s go through some of the more common pitfalls of prepping, per the Survivalist Prepper:

  1. Learn to recognize the truth: All too often the news cycle can be your worst enemy when it comes to prepping. There’s an old expression in the news business that goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That basically means the more horrific or potentially horrific a story, the more it gets hyped. Breathless reporting that offers only speculation and little in the way of fact tends to hype the beginning prepper and force him or her to make bad decisions and investments. Stay informed but step back and evaluate the news reporting; you’ll eventually learn to spot a real emergency when it approaches.
  1. Guard against fake news: It’s everywhere these days, this fake news, and much of it comes from so-called “mainstream” media outlets. Because they are tainted with Left-wing political bias, much of the news about the Trump administration, for instance, is completely fabricated. When it comes to actual events that may directly affect you, such as a pending natural disaster, your local news is almost always a better source. As for national news, is a great place to monitor; so many trustworthy news sources at your fingertips, and it’s updated hourly. You can also search for reliable news reporting at
  1. Watch for scams: This may be easier said than done, especially for beginner preppers, but generally speaking, remember the old adage – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. One fairly reliable way to tell if a particular product is good is to read the customer reviews. Granted, there have been instances of people being paid to write favorable product reviews, but you can get a good feel for a product by researching the comments. Generally speaking, people have to feel strongly one way or another about a product to take the time to comment on it, so you can be fairly certain most of them are accurate. Also, join some forums online – prepper communities and so forth – to find out what others are doing and what products, tools, weapons, etc. they have used and recommend. Here’s a good one.
  1. Don’t overspend: One of the cornerstones of being a prepper is getting yourself out of debt, because having heavy debt limits so many of your choices. That said, buy what you need but for survival, don’t overdo it. You don’t want to put yourself deeper in debt when prepping. Figure out a budget and spend no more than what you’ve allotted yourself on any given pay period. If you want to buy something that costs more than your budget will allow, start saving for it. (RELATED: Putting Together A Vehicle ‘Bugout’ Kit)
  1. Prep for reality: What are your prepping goals? Have you decided to “bug in” or “bugout” and if it’s the latter, where will you go, how will you get there and have you stocked your bugout location with food, water and supplies? Also, do you expect to have to fight your way out? Will you have a lot of angry, hungry people in your area after stuff hits the fan, or are you currently living in a rural area where there aren’t a lot of people? Don’t over-prep. Assess your current situation, figure out what your strategy will be, and prep for that. If you don’t plan to bugout, you won’t need a bugout vehicle/motorcycle, etc. How many people will you have to feed? Do you have any medical problems that require medication? Do you have pets? Is it cold/hot all year long where you live? And so forth. Consider what is appropriate only to you and your circumstances; that will keep you from over-preparing with gear and provisions for situations that don’t or won’t apply to you.

Stay tuned; more great tips coming in Part II.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.




How To Build The Ultimate Disaster Survival Kit

by Veronica Coffin on April 11, 2017



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How To Build The Ultimate Disaster Survival Kit Kindle Edition

Discover EXACTLY how to prepare yourself and your family when the SHTF! In times past, people lived in such a way that they were more prepared to deal with disasters. They might not have had the technology that we have available today, but they had something much more important: self-reliance. Modern man has become too dependent…

• What you MUST do when the lights go out
• 13 things CRUCIAL to stock
• How to prepare food for long-term storage
• How to survive away from home
• How to create the ultimate survival kit
• The 6 things EVERY survival kit must contain

What Does it Take to Survive?
Surviving at Home
How Your Home Helps You
What to Do When the Lights Go Out
What You Need to Stock
Surviving Away from Home
Survival Kits Come in All Sizes
Tha Basic Survival Kit
What to Add to Pad Your Survival Kit

Disaster Preparedness Basics

by Veronica Coffin on April 7, 2017



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Disaster Preparedness Basics: How to Prepare for Natural Disasters and Emergencies Kindle Edition

Natural Disasters Happen… Are You Prepared?

Yes natural disasters happen… sometimes it seems like something happens every single day somewhere in the world. Some events are so severe that people are still recovering from them years later. Some last just a few days or weeks, then life goes back to what most of us consider normal.

Have you ever considered how you might take care of yourself or your loved ones if a disaster strikes in your area? Do you know whether you would have food to eat or even clean water to drink when it’s desparately needed?

That’s what this book is about. It’s not a survival guide or a hardcore prepper manual. Instead it’s designed to be an emergency preparedness guide for beginners. It explains common natural disasters, how to protect yourself and your loved ones when disaster strikes, and how to ensure you have adequate supplies until life gets back to normal. Some of what you’ll learn in this handbook includes:


    • Emergency Preparedness Basics
    • Storing Food & Water for Emergencies
    • Stocking up on Medical Supplies
    • Consider your clothing, shelter, cooking and heating needs in an emergency
    • Preparing to stay home or leave the area
    • Making a Family Emergency Plan
    • Specific Natural Disasters to Know About
    • Longer Term Preparedness Planning
    • Weather Disaster Glossary

This preparedness guide is approximately 100 pages long and includes photos, maps and glossary.

Our Survival Essentials

by Veronica Coffin on April 1, 2017



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Our Survival Essentials: The self-sufficiency, homestead, prepper book for people that want to not only survive, but to thrive, in a difficult world

Learn all about how to be self-sufficient and be prepared no matter what happens. In this series you will learn basic necessities all the way down to how to raise & put by your own food, care for livestock, about herbal medicine and much more.

St. John Ambulance First Aid Reference Guide

by Veronica Coffin on March 23, 2017



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St. John Ambulance First Aid Reference Guide Kindle Edition

Build confidence in your ability to save lives and remain calm in emergencies with this succinct and comprehensive guide to first aid. Developed by St. John Ambulance, a leader in first aid training, this book teaches thousands each year how to help in a wide range of emergencies. Become familiar with signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, choking, allergic reactions, bleeding, and injuries to bones and muscles, and be prepared to take action. This guide was built on scientific recommendations from leading authorities in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the deep understanding of first aid training by St. John Ambulance experts. Get prepared for emergencies that come your way at work, home and play.

Badass Survival Secrets: 11 Survival Books For Real Prepper In You

March 13, 2017

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin     Badass Survival Secrets: 11 Survival Books For Real Prepper In You  Book 1: Survival Guide: First Things You Must Know To Survive A Disaster: Learn How to Store Food and Water and Live Without Electricity and Gas Book 2: Emergency Evacuations: Learn To Get Out Fast And […]

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What to do in a nuclear attack

January 27, 2017

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin By ABIGAIL BEALL FOR MAILONLINE PACK AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT  The pair advises packing an emergency supply kit containing water and non-perishable food items. When a nuclear bomb goes off, it sends out radiation that can ruin your mobile phone and laptop, so preparing battery-powered radios for communication is […]

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The Essential Home Security Systems Handbook

December 24, 2016

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin   The Essential Home Security Systems Handbook (How to do Everything Wright) Kindle Edition If you’re wondering if you need a security system, thinking you need one but don’t know where to start, or just need some tips on how to quickly fortify your home, this book is for […]

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SHTF Bug Out Survival Skills Handbook

December 24, 2016

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin   SHTF Bug Out Survival Skills Handbook: How to Survive Any Disaster (Ultimate Disaster Survival Book 3) Kindle Edition SHTF Bug Out Survival Skills Handbook How to Survive Any Disaster    An SHTF preparation, disaster preparation or any emergency preparation are not something you do in a day or a […]

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Survival Mega Collection

December 24, 2016

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin Survival Mega Collection: Get Yourself Out Alive With These 30 Amazing Books: (Survival Ultimate Guide) Kindle Edition Survival Mega Collection: Get Yourself Out Alive With These 30 Amazing Books Book 1. DIY Solar Heater: Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less than You Think Book 2. Behavior […]

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Outdoor Survival Kit Checklist

December 22, 2016

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin     Outdoor Survival Kit Checklist: Assemble The Ultimate Survival Kit For The SHTF Day! Kindle Edition Looking for some insight on the most practical and convenient survival tactics? Need some help to make sure that you can survive the wilderness? Worried that you won’t know what to do […]

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Economic Collapse: The Warning signs, Impact on America

November 27, 2016

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin   Economic Collapse:  : The Warning signs, Impact on America, 42 Things you should buy before it’s too late; and How to develop a SURVIVAL PLAN Kindle Edition This is an unofficial report on the effects of economic collapse in the United States. This report covers the first 72 […]

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First Aid for Survival

November 22, 2016

    Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin   First Aid for Survival: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide on How to Treat Injuries, Cure Infections, and Save Lives in a Life or Death Survival Situation Kindle Edition First aid is the rapid treatment of a person who has become the victim of either an injury or an illness, […]

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The Defeated Left Turns to HATE

November 11, 2016

    Liberals unleash beatings, death threats and calls for mass murder of Trump supporters Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin By Mike Adams   Now that the voters have wholly rejected the retarded, delusional leftist vision for America — which we might as well just call “liberal suicide” — the real character of the left is […]

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Emergency Survival Program

November 10, 2016

    Submitted by: Veronica Coffin   Emergency Survival Program: A Survival Handbook Every Prepper Needs: (Prepper’s Guide, Survival Guide, Alternative Medicine, Emergency) Kindle Edition Part I – First Things You Must Know To Survive A Disaster: Learn How to Store Food and Water and Live Without Electricity and Gas This book ‘Survival Guide: First […]

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